• Chronology and development of the Chalcolithic necropolis of Varna I

    Author(s):
    Jonas Abele, David Kirschenheuter, Raiko Krauß, Clemens Schmid (see profile) , Vladimir Slavchev, Bernhard Weninger
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Archaeology, Burials, Chalcolithic
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Varna cemetery, radiocarbon dating, correspondence analysis, social network analysis, Chalcolithic
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M67Z5V
    Abstract:
    In the following paper, we present the main results of our now completed studies of the Varna I cemetery, based on the excavations undertaken by Ivan Ivanov in the years 1972–1991. The richness of the assemblages is singular in Old World prehistory. To tackle the question of its inter­nal, chronological development, we applied correspondence analysis (CA) to a newly created database that includes the inventories of all presently known graves, symbolic burials and find de­posits. The rank order of the seriated inventories was used to establish a CA-based 14C-age model for wiggle matching. In combination with topographic observations and social network analysis (SNA), our studies provide a new understanding both of the chronological and spatial distribution of the graves and burial goods, as well as new insights into the social structure, gender roles, individual relation­ships and ritual practices of the Chalcolithic community.
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